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The War Within

2005, Drama, 1h 40m

57 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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The War Within attempts to get into the mind of a terrorist, and the result is believable and unsettling. Read critic reviews

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A Pakistani (Ayad Akhtar) stays in the home of his longtime friend (Firdous Bamji) while planning a terrorist attack in New York.

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  • Apr 13, 2009
    It does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward. The film couldn't be more topical, but in the end it feels schematic, and you sense that the filmmakers are trying too hard to be even-handed.
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  • Nov 30, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" starts with Hassan(Ayad Akhtar) walking down a street in Paris minding his own business when he is unceremoniously snatched by authorities. He is sent to Pakistan under the practice of extraordinary rendition to be tortured about terrorist activities he knows nothing about.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Three years later, Hassan is a changed man. He is smuggled into the United States, as part of a terrorist cell, targeting New York City landmarks. Hassan is assigned Grand Central Station.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" is a quietly chilling, subtle and stunning movie that takes a disparaging view of the War on Terror while offering no easy answers. Overall, the movie is sympathetic for the vast majority of Muslims who are caught in the middle between the government that automatically suspects them of violent activities and terrorists who pervert their religion for their own nefarious goals. Remember, the surest way to radicalize somebody is to arrest, torture and then place them in the company of fanatics. [/font]
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